Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Global Pharmaceutical Industry Fined $11 Billion in Three Years

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Although the global pharmaceutical industry racked up $11 billion in fines in the last three years, "Companies might well view such fines as a...

Clinical Judgment, Evidence-Based Medicine, and Psychiatry

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Longtime critic of psychiatry Giovanni Fava comments, in what he refers to as "probably the most radical criticism of evidence-based medicine so far," on the "increasing...

SinĂ©ad O’Connor: Mental Health, the Media, and Human Rights

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Sinéad O'Connor discusses mental health issues with TIME magazine this week, singling out the media's tendency to diagnose "without qualification," and adding that "mental health...

Type of Treatment for Depression is Less Important than Engagement

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An international team of researchers (including Irving Kirsch) found in a review "of 62 pivotal antidepressant trials consisting of data from 13,802 depressed patients"...

Cognitive Therapy is Safe & Effective for Schizophrenia, Without Drugs

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In "the first randomised trial of cognitive therapy for people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders not taking antipsychotic drugs", researchers from the U.K. found cognitive...

Child Abuse/Psychosis Link Not Genetic

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Although psychosis is more common in the parents of people with psychosis than those without, the difference cannot be attributed to genetics, research from...

Study Finds Improved Functioning for ‘Schizophrenia’ Without Antipsychotics

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Long-term treatment with antipsychotic drugs is currently considered the standard treatment for patients diagnosed with ‘schizophrenia.’ A new study challenges this practice, however. The...

Many Pharmaceutical Companies Funding Congressman Tim Murphy

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Data on OpenSecrets.gov show Murphy is being heavily funded by the same interests that stand to benefit financially from his Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act -- pharmaceutical companies and psychiatric hospitals.

Risk of Cardiovascular Death Increased After Psychiatric Hospitalization

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The rate of death due to heart-related problems is more than double the rate in the general population after psychiatric hospitalization.

UK NHS Adopts Lifestyle Program for Antipsychotic Users

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Britain's National Health Service is adopting a "lifestyle medicine program" that was developed in Australia for young people taking antipsychotics, according to The Guardian....

Turmeric as Effective as Prozac, With no Side-Effects

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A randomized, controlled study by the Department of Pharmacology of Government Medical College in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India found that in a study of 60...

Researchers Call for Integration of Social Risk Factors in Mental Health Care

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An understanding of the importance of social risk factors in mental health outcomes has professionals calling for better models and integrated treatments.

Schizophrenia Drug Blamed for 17 Deaths in Japan

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The Japanese unit of Johnson & Johnson affiliate Janssen Pharmaceuticals reports that 17 people have died since the launch of its new antipsychotic, Xeplion,...

Cochrane Review Calls for More Research on Antidepressant Withdrawal

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Researchers find a lack of current literature on safe, effective ways to manage antidepressant withdrawal and make suggestions for future research.

Antipsychotic Risperidone Raises Risk of Male Breast Enlargement

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Taking the antipsychotic medication risperidone significantly increases men's chances of developing gynecomastia, or breast enlargement, according to a study by University of British Columbia...

Reforming Schools to Prevent Mental Health Issues

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New research explores the use of broad-based school-integrated resiliency and mindfulness interventions to prevent mental health concerns before they occur.

Transparency and Outcome Reporting Not Improving in Behavioral Health Studies

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Randomized controlled trials published in four leading behavioral health journals show that new requirements for registering of trials does not seem to be improving trial design or transparency.

Man Found “Not Criminally Responsible” for Shooting Wife While on Chantix

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The Washington Post reports that "a Maryland man was found not criminally responsible for shooting his wife in the neck in their home in...

How to Distinguish Antidepressant Withdrawal from Relapse

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Mark Horowitz and David Taylor provide advice on how to tell the difference between antidepressant withdrawal and depression relapse.

Anxiety Medication Associated With Significant Increase in Mortality Long-Term

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A study of data from over 11 million patient records in the General Practice Research Database, "the largest anonymized, longitudinal primary care database in...

J&J Whistleblowers to Collect Record $168 million

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The whistleblowers who helped to build the case for prosecuting Johnson & Johnson for illegal marketing of Risperdal will take home nearly $168 million...

Happiness and First-Episode Schizophrenia

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Canadian researchers find that 31 people with first-episode schizophrenia diagnoses were as happy as 29 controls, according to a self-reported questionnaire measuring happiness, life...

Cymbalta Suicide Suit Settled

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Eli Lilly & Co. will pay an undisclosed amount to settle the lawsuit of the parents of a South Dakota boy who committed suicide...

Info Changes Parents’ Minds About Corporal Punishment

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Although extensive research links spanking to behavior problems, parents who spank often believe it is the way to be an effective parent.  Research from...

Psych Patients Who Resist Stigma Do Better

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A new study in press in the Journal of Schizophrenia Research finds that patients who actively resist the negative stigma associated with mental health...